For example, the technological platform for webinars, Clickmeeting, or any other well-pumped service – a necessary base for successful online events. Unfortunately, this is not enough.
To understand how to conduct online classes, it is also worth exploring the additional tools that most speakers use. These are the very modern technologies that can make life easier for everyone who has already tried or wants to try their hand at the niche of online education.
How to effectively conduct online group classes using modern technology
All current programs, services, and applications useful in the EdTech niche are divided into three groups.
But some of the advantages of Zoom over Skype are still worth mentioning:
- does not overlap the video during screen sharing, i.e., when a speaker shows an image to the audience, everyone sees both the image and the speaker;
- It is convenient to use Zoom as an online whiteboard, make notes, draw or underline text right on the slide during the presentation.
Of course, you can choose from the best webinars, Runet, but Zoom and Skype will definitely help out if you rarely hold online events, from time to time.
Explain Everything – there is a free version where you can add and share PDF files. Free versions of other boards don’t have this feature. Explain Everything is a user-friendly, interactive whiteboard for web collaboration with commentary, sound, and animation.
AWW – You can only share PDFs and presentations in a paid mode, but you can exchange pictures in the free version.
Idroo – ideal for working with children, you can create a separate board for each student, you do not need to create a new link every time to join the process, all changes are stored for an unlimited amount of time.
Google docs Is the simplest tool that can also be used as an online whiteboard. All document changes are instantly displayed online, which is equally convenient for the teacher and students. Pictures or videos are a little more difficult to work within Google Docs, but it’s hard to find anything more suitable as an option for basic needs.
Want something more original and advanced? Try Padlet. In the beginning, the application looks like a white sheet in Word or Google Docs, but absolutely everything can be placed on it. For example, record a conversation, upload a document, video, or add text. A lifeless white page comes to life before our eyes in just a few minutes. You can share the created materials with an unlimited number of people online.
Work organization applications
Google classroom – a convenient service where you can create a course for each student, set homework, and add useful files to lessons. But the following application is even better for these purposes.
Trello Is an ideal tool for organizing group projects. There is a version for online, mobile devices, and a desktop version. In Trello, it’s also convenient to have separate boards for each student and add different cards to them, for example, with homework. Many students forget what they asked in class. Even those who write down on paper what to do at home often lose their notes. And the information in the application is guaranteed not to be lost, and it is convenient to use it at any time.
It is also convenient to use flashcards to write down new concepts and terms that students mastered in the last lesson and answer popular questions. The latter saves a lot of time for the teacher and the audience.
As the student assimilates the passed material, he can supplement the cards’ contents and leave his comments directly in the text. It’s easy to add tutorials, tutorials, rules, guides, and other materials to Trello that you use in the learning process. It is also convenient to make individual notes in the cards about the important points of the program that should be worked out with a specific student.
Wordwall – a service for creating quizzes, such as conducting an online lesson, games, or interactive exercises. Wordwall offers to compare several options for solving one problem or choose one correct option from several available. This app is great for working with adults and children during online and offline classes.
How to conduct an online lesson so that every student accurately remembers it?
To cope with this difficult task, several truly magical services from our selection will help. They are not as well-known as Skype or Trello, but they will definitely surprise any of you with their capabilities.
Buncee Is a great application with which it is easy to prepare an interesting practical lesson online. The service was developed for creating, presenting, and sharing multimedia lessons.
Buncee presentations develop students’ critical thinking, creative personality, and collaboration and communication skills. The collection of the application contains more than 10,000 graphics for creating engaging educational materials. In Buncee, you can record a video or audio podcast, create a simple game, microfilm, or digital poster. Integration with Pixabay, YouTube, and other popular services is provided.
With the help of Kahoot service, they create masterpiece educational games. In the educational gamification niche, it is one of the most popular platforms in the world. Kahoot makes it easy to create, launch, open, and share gamified learning materials without age, device, language, or subject restrictions.
Kahoot interactions are multi-choice based. When the game is ready, students enter the “room” to complete tasks and compete. This can be done from any device.
Nearpod – application for mobile devices. It facilitates the creation of interesting, interactive lessons, establishes interaction with students, and a grading system.
This service has many interesting interactive lesson templates by default. Each of them is developed by experts in different subjects, taking into account the audience’s level of training.
Teachers use Nearpod to import lessons from all file types and add video clips, links, and other interactive elements.
The application capabilities provide for the synchronization of lessons with students’ gadgets, setting individual assignments, and tracking their progress.
Do you have any favorite webinar tools? Please write in the comments which applications you should add to our selection.